Here’s an inspiring story for those of you contemplating taking on an historic gut reno. One of our oldest friends grew up in an 1816 brick house in Philadelphia’s Society Hill, once (and now again) one of the most fashionable quarters of Philadelphia. Towards the end of the 19th century, the neighborhood began a slow decline that saw most of the residences converted to rooming houses for those who worked at the nearby docks and food market. From sometime in the 1930’s to the 1950’s, a luncheonette occupied the first floor while the proprietors inhabited the upper floors.
In the mid 1960’s the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority undertook the country’s first historical neighborhood restoration project…
There’s an interesting piece in the Landmark Conservancy Autumn 2004 newsletter about the renovation of a Greek Revival house in Bay Ridge. Originally built for Joseph Bennett in 1847 on Shore Road overlooking the Verazzano Narrows, the house was moved in 1913 to 95th Street, making one of the few buildings to pre-date that neighborhood’s development in the 1930’s. Most recently, the house was purchased from an estate by Maryanne and Pasquale Dellituri in 1997. It was designated an individual landmark in 1999, and the extensive restoration began in 2000. Check out the newsletter for more details on the renovation scope and process.
Autumn 2004 Newsletter [NY Landmarks Conservancy]
Don’t miss the most recent installment of Forgotten NY. Kevin posted two new pieces yesterday. The first is on Coney Island, a place which loses more and more of its historic treasures every year, according to Kevin. We look forward to his next Coney Island installment in which he promises to focus on the oft-overlooked architectural gems, like the house above.
A small piece in the House & Home section today drew our attention to the Architectural Heritage Center website. Established in Portland in 1987, the center houses the collection of architectural artifacts accumulated by the two lifelong Pacific Northwest preservationists, Jerry Bosco and Ben Milligan. It’s part museum, part educational resource. We wish there were a lot more pictures of the salvaged pieces on the website, but it’s still a fun browse and will be a must-see for us the next time we find ourselves in that part of the world.
Architectural Heritage Center